Art on Governors Island Featured at MCNY’s Newest Exhibit

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Photo: Rob Stephenson courtesy MCNY

Look back at fifty years of public art in the city: including on Governors Island!

Don’t miss the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibition, Art in the Open, featuring several pieces of public works displayed on Governors Island. Public art has played a critical role in Governors Island’s transformation as a beloved public space, making works from acclaimed artists Rachel Whiteread, Mark Di Suvero and more accessible to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers visiting each year.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the exhibition #NYatItsCore, the Museum of the City of New York is offering FREE admission through the end of the week! Get a piece of Governors Island during our off season while celebrating other groundbreaking works that have transformed New York City public spaces over the last 50 years.


Governors Island works featured in the exhibit below...

Cabin, Rachel Whiteread, 2016-present

Rachel Whiteread’s permanent installation Cabin on Discovery Hill continues the British artist’s interest in producing evocative sculptures of negative spaces and structures. In this case, atop the edge of Discovery Hill, the artist has sited a concrete cast of the interior of a simple cabin, a place suggestive of retreat and introspection. Sitting modestly on the hillside overlooking New York Harbor, the sculpture creates a sense of contemplative quiet and distance from the bustle of the city across the water. Strewn around the cabin are numerous bronze casts of discarded objects including bottles, cans and other refuse; some of these objects were sourced on the Island itself.

Mark di Suvero at Governors Island presented by Storm King Art Center, 2011-2012

Mark di Suvero's largescale, spatially dynamic compositions, created using such industrial materials as steel I-beams and salvaged steel, reveal a masterful sense of form, composition, and movement, while also conveying poignant emotion and, frequently, a sense of play. This exhibit was curated by Storm King Director and Curator David Collens and was the largest outdoor presentation of di Suvero’s sculpture to be shown in New York City since the 1970s.

4heads Governors Island Art Fair, 2008

In 2008, the artists’ collective 4heads, in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the National Parks Service, holds their first art fair with dozens of participating artists and organizations presented to the public on weekends. Touted as New York’s largest independent exhibition, GIAF welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually in New York Harbor and exhibited over one hundred artists in their 2017 fair. The 4heads collective fosters community by offering space for artists to exhibit, to provide arts-education for the underserved and to expose hidden culture.

This week in history

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#TBT to when he Manhattan skyline looked a bit different! This week in history, Mayor LaGuardia and guest, Cuban general Fulgencio Batista were received on Governors Island on November 15, 1938, by the troops lined up at attention.

Credit: MyRecordJournal.com, AP Photo

Your last weekend on GI will be a little spooky

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What a season we've had! If you haven't made the trip to Governors Island yet, this weekend is your last chance of the year. We're bringing the spooky fun to you in celebration of Halloween. Get dressed up and board the ferry for trick-or-treating, pumpkin picking, exhibit exploring and taking in the views. We close on October 31, so don't miss the chance to visit!

Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, 2-5 PM, Nolan Park
Calling all ghouls, goblins, princesses and witches - put on your most creative costumes and experience the rare chance to trick or treat from house to house in New York City! Our exhibitors and spooky friends will be stationed at the historic houses of Nolan Park to hand out candy to kids, families and the young at heart. Free and open to the public.

Pumpkin Point
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Pumpkin (Picnic) Point
If you missed our pumpkin patch of over 2,000 pumpkins last weekend - don't fret, it's open this weekend too! Pick your very own pumpkin, take a hayride around the Hills, sip cider and snack on ghoulish treats from Little Eva’s. Children's Museum of the Arts will provide free pumpkin painting and there will be live folk music from Brooklyn's own Jalopy Theatre! Share your photos using #PumpkinPoint. Members get a free pumpkin! Not a member? Join today!

Tickets still available for Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns!
Thursday-Saturday & Monday, October 26-28 & 30*, 5-10 PM, Colonels Row
*Sunday postponed to Monday due to rain*
We're going to light up New York Harbor this weekend starting tonight! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists, live carving demonstrations, and take home your own pumpkin at this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt. Only a few tickets left! Get yours now.

Laboratorium performances
Saturday, 1 & 3 PM: Theatre Mash Up: Children are Terrifying
Saturday, 5 PM: Once Upon a Midnight Dreary
Sunday, 12:30 PM: Laboratorium Showcase
Nolan Park 11

Each week, a different playwright and director from Rising Sun have developed and performed new plays free for the public! This weekend will include the Laboratorium Showcase, featuring ten minute selections of all the scripts developed over their 12 week residency on Governors Island.

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island
Daily through October 31, 10 AM-4:30 PM, Fort Jay National Monument
Explore this winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay! This work by artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in New York Harbor. Free and open to the public, this installation is open every day until October 31.

Only on Governors Island
Islandwide
Don't forget about all the activities that you can only experience on GI! This means there's still one weekend of ziplining, relaxing in hammocks, the teaching garden & compost center, biking on car-free streets, the longest slide in NYC, bird walks with NYC Audubon, sightseeing from the Hills and walking tours!


Art and Exhibitions on GI

Who Cares? A.I.R. Gallery | Nolan Park 4A, Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 PM
Dysfunctional Collective | Nolan Park 8B, Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 PM
NYC Audubon Exhibits | Nolan Park 17, Thursday-Sunday, 11 AM- 5 PM
Billion Oyster Project Exhibit | Nolan Park 16, Friday-Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM
Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons | Nolan Park 6A, Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM


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8 minutes to autumn magic on Governors Island

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That autumn crisp we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, and you don't need to venture out of the city to make the most of the season! This weekend, join Open House New York for an insider's peek of the secret gymnasium that sits atop Liggett Hall, visit the free exhibits of Nolan Park, or do some leaf peeping in our park. See what's happening below, only three weeks left to visit Governors Island this year!


The Battle for the Ballot *Last weekend*
Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 PM, Nolan Park 18
The Battle for the Ballot is the New-York Historical Society's teen-curated exhibition on the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. Through reproductions of works of art and historic artifacts, visitors learn how the women’s suffrage movement developed. Don't miss this exhibit before it closes after this weekend!

Open House New York
Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM, Governors Island National Monument & Liggett Hall
It's time for Open House New York Weekend's 15th anniversary! Governors Island National Monument is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years, and this year we are adding Liggett Hall - atop the archway of this mammoth building sits a gymnasium!

José Martí Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 AM-5 PM, Nolan Park 4B
Presented by the Empire State Center for the Book, this weekend will celebrate José Martí, one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language and someone whose legacy to the City of New York cannot be underestimated. Free and open to the public, this event includes talks on various aspects of Martí's life in New York.

Sanctuary City
Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 PM, Nolan Park 7B
Sanctuary City presents We Don't Live Here Anymore, a locative sound journey by UK based artists Melissa Chambers & Candace Thompson. This immersive experience will begin at 2 PM on Saturday. On Sunday, from 12-7 PM, will be Sanctuary City's closing celebration with an explosion of art, music, performance and a reading from the Armory - their six-month long participatory installation on Governors Island.

play:groundNYC's End of Season Celebration
Sunday, 12-4 PM, South Battery
Join play:groundNYC for an afternoon of play as they celebrate another amazing season on Governors Island! Meet the fantastic team of playworkers and explore the 50,000 sq ft junkyard wonderland. Bring your own picnic, free admission! No rain date - come play one last time - rain or shine!

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island
Daily through October 31, 10 AM-4:30 PM, Fort Jay National Monument
Explore this winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay! This work by award winning artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in New York Harbor. Save the date for a special artist talk with David Brooks at the Nolan Park Commanding Officers House on Saturday, October 21!


Save the Date!

Pumpkin (Picnic) Point, Saturdays & Sundays, October 21-29, 11 AM-5 PM | More info
Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29, 5-10 PM | More info / Tickets
Trick-or-Treating in Nolan Park, Saturday, October 28, 2-4 PM


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Trick or Treat? October is here!

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For the first time ever, Governors Island will be staying open to the public for the month of October! We've got plenty of autumn treats in store for this month, plus extended runs of this year's favorite exhibits. This weekend is the last chance to enjoy the HoloCenter's exhibit and Exquisite Corpse performances. Read more for what's in store this week as well as some spooky October announcements!

Save the Date: Picnic Point is Pumpkin Point this October!
Weekends October 21-29, 11AM-5PM, Pumpkin (Picnic) Point
Just in time for Halloween, we’re transforming Picnic Point into our first ever pumpkin patch within view of Lady Liberty! Wander past the autumn colored Hills to Pumpkin Point where you’ll be able to pick (or just snap pics) from thousands of pumpkins, sip cider and snack on ghoulish treats from Little Eva’s. We’ll even have a spooky hayride to take pumpkin pickers back to the ferry!

IRIDESCENCE
Friday 2-4 PM, Saturday-Monday, 11 AM-5 PM, Colonels Row 403

The Holocenter's exhibit includes six artists selected through an international competition, their works on display sculpted with light explore how memory, motion and images entwine. This weekend (including Monday!) will be the last days the exhibit will be on view, don't miss it!

A Ribbon About a Bomb
Friday 3 PM, Saturday-Sunday 2 & 4 PM, Colonels Row 407B

Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding... or perhaps the funeral... Jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb as you cycle and muse on with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion. Don't miss the last three dates for this immersive performance.

Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons
Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 PM, Nolan Park 6A

Escaping Time features over 200 works of art created by inmates within prison walls and is on view every weekend in October. Their artwork acts a vehicle to demonstrate the mental captivity inmates experience during their imprisonment. The exhibit aims to bring attention to the effects of mass incarceration.

Save the Date: The Hunt on Governors Island
Saturday, October 21, 12-4 PM, Islandwide, meet at Nolan Park

Join Urban Archive for a historical scavenger hunt on Governors Island! Come out and learn about the rich history of the Island as you walk through our Historic District. The event begins in Nolan Park with a round of cider, followed by the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the first three teams to make it back to Nolan Park after finding all the photos!

Friends of Governors Island Gala
Thanks for your support!
Last week the Friends of Governors Island hosted their annual Gala, which honored the six leaders who helped transform the Island into a spectacular public space. Hosted on Governors Island and attended by over 500 guests, it was our largest fundraising event to date! Funds raised at the Gala will go toward ensuring Governors Island remains a vibrant shared space for all. See photos and watch the special tribute video.


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Don’t miss the final weekend for some of our exhibits, plus October treats ahead!

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The leaves are falling and the colors are changing! As September comes to a close, so do some of our exhibits. Don't miss the closing weekend of the 4heads Governors Island Art Fair, the Sculptor's Alliance, the Police Museum and our goats at Earth Matter's Compost Learning Center. Take a look below for what's going on, and stay tuned for more October happenings!

4heads Governors Island Art Fair, Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM, Colonels Row & Liggett Hall *Last weekend!*
This weekend is your last chance to check out 4heads Governors Island Art Fair! Over 100 artists have transformed the former military homes of Colonels Row and the Island's iconic Liggett Hall. Pictured above is work by sculptor Norman Mooney.

Governors Island Oktoberfest, Saturday, 12-5 PM, Colonels Row
Governors Island Beer Co. is proud to host the first ever Oktoberfest on Governors Island this Saturday. Don your bavarian garb and enjoy a mug holding contest, traditional Bavarian food, entertainment and more! Radeberger and Braufactum Progusta will be available for purchase.

Peas and Carrots head back to Goodale Farms, Saturday & Sunday, 12-1 PM, Earth Matter Compost Learning Center, Urban Farm
Each year our friends at Earth Matter bring two visiting goats to live in our Urban Farm! Peas and Carrots (with chickens and other animals!) contribute to the composting process by consuming New Yorkers' vegetable scraps. After this weekend, they will return to Goodale Farms. Join us in bidding them farewell, and learn how Compost is made for the last weekend of the season.

Vintage Police Car Show, Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM, Pershing Hall parking lot *Last weekend for the Police Museum exhibits!*
The New York City Police Museum is excited to announce the Annual Vintage Police Car Show for its' final weekend on Governors Island! Over 20 vehicles from as early as the 1950s will make their way to Governors Island this Saturday. The Museum will also be selling selected items from the gift shop.

Sculptor's Alliance: Metal, Friday-Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Nolan Park 7B *Last weekend!*
Come explore the last weekend of the Sculptor's Alliance's show Metal! This exhibit features a range of 3D concepts and forms of expressive sculpture, with each piece made entirely of metal or incorporating metal. Closing reception on Sunday from 2-5 PM.

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29, Colonels Row
We are ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists, live carving demonstrations, and take home your own pumpkin at this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island. Tickets available here


Performances This Weekend

Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding... or perhaps the funeral... Jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb as you cycle and muse on with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion. Tickets available here.
Fridays 3 PM, Saturdays & Sundays 2 & 4 PM, Colonels Row 407B

The Rising Sun Performance Company presents Laboratorium: a 12 Week Multi-Purpose Theatrical Artist Retreat & Residency. Each week a different playwright and/or director to will develop new play scripts and works in progress as well as site specific devised works!
Saturdays & Sundays beginning at 12 PM, Nolan Park 11

When the world is mad, does embracing madness make you sane? Created by the Dysfunctional Collective this summer on Governors Island, The Bacchae is a freely adapted, feminist take on Euripides' tragedy. Performances are approximately 30 minutes long and may be too intense for young children.
Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 & 4:30 PM, Nolan Park 8B

Come watch - or participate in! - the premier of Aquatopia, a participatory performance as part of Pratt's Blue Week 2017. Musicians, students, and community members collaborate and explore together seawalls, oceanic thinking, and ecological reimagining of formerly deluged sites in light of rising seas.
Saturday 2 PM, The Scramble at the Hills

Autumn is just around the corner

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Friday marks the autumnal equinox, and there's no better time to stroll the tree-lined paths of Governors Island. Don't miss Open Studios and Kameelah Janan Rasheed's A Supple Perimeter during the LMCC Arts Center's last weekend of the season, plus polo, plenty of theater and more! And stay tuned next week as we announce some exciting October tricks and treats...

Open Studios with Process Space and Extended Life Artists-in-Residence, Saturday & Sunday, 1-6 PM, LMCC Arts Center Building 110
During this free, weekend-long event, artists open their studio doors to the public, offering a unique, behind-the-scenes window into their creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Come out and talk with the artists and gain insight into their creative processes! This will also be the final weekend to visit the summer exhibition, A Supple Perimeter, by artist, educator and writer Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Victory Cup Polo Match, Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM, Play Lawn
The Victory Cup is not your average polo match! Join to watch the games and enjoy tastings from local chefs, restaurants, farms, vineyards, distilleries and breweries from New York City. Guests will enjoy taking in the majesty of the horses and the thrill of heart pounding polo! Tickets available here.

African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration, Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Colonels Row
Come out for an enchanting day of free music, film, and dance at African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration! Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join for a day of story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films — all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.

Courage, Friday-Sunday, 2 PM, Castle Williams Parking Lot
NACL’s Courage will have its New York City premiere on Governors Island this weekend! This spectacular performance, set in an imagined refugee camp and unfolding as a walking journey, is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play, “Mother Courage and Her Children,” written in 1939 Fascist Germany, and advocates for compassion in an era of fear and war. A limited number of tickets are available via Indigogo.

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: a Prehistory of Governors Island, Daily, 10 AM-4:30 PM, Fort Jay
Explore this winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay! This work by award winning artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in NY Harbor. Free and open to the public, this installation is open every day until October 31.


More Performances

Brave New World Repertory Theatre presents The Plantation: a bold new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, set in 1870 Virginia after emancipation, but before the onset of Jim Crow. Chekhov’s Russian serfs become American freed men and women in this immersive and emotionally charged production.
September 23-25, Saturday-Monday, 1:30 PM at the Commanding Officer's House, Nolan Park. *Final performances!* Free seats available on a first come, first served basis.

When the world is mad, does embracing madness make you sane? Created by the Dysfunctional Collective this summer on Governors Island, The Bacchae is a freely adapted, feminist take on Euripides' tragedy. Performances are approximately 30 minutes long and may be too intense for young children.
September 23-24, Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 & 4:30 PM in Nolan Park 8B

Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding... or perhaps the funeral... Jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb as you cycle and muse on with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion. Tickets available here.
Fridays 3 PM, Saturdays & Sundays 2 & 4 PM through October 15 in Colonels Row 407B


Save the Date!

Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29: Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists, live carving demonstrations, and take home your own pumpkin at this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island. Tickets available here.

Warm up this weekend with a visit to Governors Island

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It's heating back up this weekend and there's lots to do on Governors Island. Did you know this year marks the World War I centennial? Commemorate with Camp Doughboy all weekend long! Take a look below for more events and exhibitions coming up.

New York Harbor Regatta Bash, Friday, September 15, 5-9 PM, Island Oyster
Come to the New York Harbor Regatta Bash and support the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project tomorrow evening! A day spent sailing on the water of the iconic harbor and waterways, followed by a festive bash on historic Governors Island, is now an NYC tradition—for sailing enthusiasts and the community alike—to close the summer sailing season and to open the fall school year. Tickets available here.

WWI History Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM, Governors Island National Monument
Come see dozens of reenactors in vintage uniforms, both men and women, and learn the history of the Great War at this free two day event commemorating the WWI centennial. There will be vintage Army vehicles, ambulances, equipment displays, a tent encampment, author talks, and demonstrations. All ages welcome! Full schedule here.

13th Annual Vendy Awards, Saturday & Sunday, 12:30-5 PM, Colonels Row
The Vendy Awards are the first street food event and competition series in the USA. It’s an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalk chefs in New York City and a fundraiser to support The Street Vendor Project. Tickets available here.

We are All Tourists, Saturday at 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM & 3 PM, meet at Colonels Row House 410A
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company presents an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families. Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore the breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers. Hailed by The New York Times for “blur[ring] the boundaries between the imagined and the real”! Tickets available here.

Victory Cup Polo Match, Saturday, September 23, 11 AM-7 PM, Play Lawn
The Victory Cup next weekend is not your average polo match! The event will also include dozens of local chefs, restaurants, farms and local vineyards, distilleries and breweries from New York City and beyond providing tastings at the event. Guests will enjoy taking in the majesty of the horses and the thrill of heart pounding polo! Tickets available here.

The Friends of Governors Island 2017 Gala, Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Hosted on Governors Island, this year's gala honors six women who led the development of the Island's new 40-acre park: Patti Harris, Ronay Menschel, Leslie Koch, Wendy Schmidt, Ellen Cavanagh and Betty Chen. Learn more and get tickets to this celebratory event.


Art Installations On View Now

The 4heads' 10th anniversary Governors Island Art Fair continues their tradition of providing a platform for young, emerging, and underrepresented artists with over 100 artists featured in this month-long event. Works range from painting, photography, sculpture, video to immersive installations!
On view: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5 PM through October 1 in Colonels Row and Liggett Hall

Explore Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island, a winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay. This work by award winning artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in NY Harbor.
On view: Daily from 10 AM-4:30 PM through October 31 in Fort Jay

*Special artist-led members tour of Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: Sunday, September 17 at 11:30AM*
Members are invited to join us for an artist-led tour of the exhibit. On this exclusive tour, award winning artist David Brooks will lead you through one of the excavation sites as well as the exhibit, and discuss his interest in the geologic history that shaped Governors Island as we know it today. Learn more and RSVP.
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The Dysfunctional Collective brings you The Benefits of Contemplating Death, a multi-platform art piece focusing on embracing death to live a more fulfilling life. Come see photographs embodying the loss of identity and universal interconnectedness experienced around death, an underworld photobooth, and an interactive art piece designed to give people a safe space to share their experiences around death and grief.
On view: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5 PM through October 1 in Nolan Park House 8B

Join us tomorrow for the last GovIsland After Hours of the season!

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New Yorkers may be getting back to their routines, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy late summer fun on Governors Island! Wind down from your busy week and join us for our last GovIsland After Hours this Friday night. There are plenty of activities, exhibits and more to look forward to this weekend and into the fall - read more for the latest!

GovIsland After Hours, Friday, September 8, 6-10 PM, Islandwide
Take advantage of this week's perfect weather and join us for the last chance to experience the sunset from Governors Island this season! We'll be staying open until 10PM with Island Oyster, Little Eva's and Governors Island Beer Co. providing the food and libations. Ferries run from Manhattan at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM.

3-D Art with Metal, Friday-Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Nolan Park House 7B
The Sculptor's Alliance presents 3-D Art with Metal, an exhibit exploring a range of 3D concepts and forms of sculpture using the medium metal. Open weekends throughout September with an opening reception Saturday, September 9, from 2-5 PM.

Marx Brothers Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 PM, Nolan Park House 4B
Head to the Empire State Center for the Book this weekend to hang out with bunch of Marx Brothers fans, the Marxfest Committee and members of the cast of I'll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical. Events will include a walk-through exhibit; Marx-minded talks, discussions, readings, screenings and music!

The Audubon Society, Daily, 10:30 AM-5:30 PM, Nolan Park House 17
The Audubon Society of NYC recently opened an immersive group art show, Tableaux Vivants - including winning photographs from the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards. Looking to learn more about the Island's bird population? Meet at House 17 on Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM for bird walks!

Teaching Garden, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4 PM, Urban Farm
Did you know that GrowNYC's Teaching Garden on the Island features over 20 vegetable beds, fruit trees, a solar cooking garden and more in a 1/2 acre small-scale farm? Open to the public on weekends, the garden aims to engage, excite and educate visitors in all aspects of the art of urban farming. Come out and learn!

The Friends of Governors Island 2017 Gala, Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Hosted on Governors Island, this year's gala honors six women who led the development of the Island's new 40-acre park: Patti Harris, Ronay Menschel, Leslie Koch, Wendy Schmidt, Ellen Cavanagh and Betty Chen. Learn more and get tickets to this celebratory event.


Save the Date!

Friday, September 15: The New York Harbor Regatta Bash supports the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project! A day spent sailing on the water of the iconic harbor and waterways, followed by a festive bash on historic Governors Island, is now an NYC tradition—for sailing enthusiasts and the community alike—to close the summer sailing season and to open the fall school year. Tickets available here.

Saturday, September 23: The Victory Cup Polo Match is not just a polo match! Dozens of local chefs, restaurants, farms and local vineyards, distilleries and breweries from New York City and beyond will be providing tastings at the event. Guests will enjoy taking in the majesty of the horses and the thrill of heart pounding polo! Tickets available here.

Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29: Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists, live carving demonstrations, and take home your own pumpkin at this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island. Tickets available here.

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